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Third Time's the Charm

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Well on the eve of his flagship music show “The X Factor” returning to kiwi screens, it seems everyone’s favourite sharp tongued musical maestro Simon Cowell, is going places he’s never been before, he’s made the brave move of taking the focus away from himself and put it back where it should be, on the contestants! As the “Dad to be” and all round Brit badboy guides the show into its third season, the first week of episodes hitting TV3 this week, shows Cowell making it all about the singers and also throwing out some pretty big compliments, comparing one contestant to Gladys Knight, calling one performance “one in a million” and even telling one 13 year old, “its the easiest yes I’ve every given in my life.”

Could the talent really be that good? Only time will tell. The other big difference is the hope that “third times a charm”, when it comes to his judging panel. Obviously, I am a huge fan of the X Factor and working on the US show last year gave me a chance to learn first hand, that just because you hire someone like Britney Spears, one of the biggest stars on the planet, doesn’t mean she has something to say, that in my eyes is what makes a good judge. This year Cowell’s retooling involves himself and three women, returnee feisty Demi Lovato, Destiny’s Child’s Kelly Rowland and Latin Superstar Pauline Rubio and the whole show feels lighter and thanks to a great first batch of contestants, even more musical.

All the praise in the world though from Simon, can’t turn someone into a superstar, that’s up to the public that watch. But don’t fear, as well as lots of good, there’s lots of bad, giving Simon the chance to snark, like he snarks best!

So for all those people who’ve suffered from a little bit of X Factor withdrawal,here we go again,(without Bedingfield unfortunately). The only question now, what talent will be uncovered and who will be able to mentor them to victory!Can’t wait to find out!

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They're Dropping Like Flies

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A Shock Double Elimination

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That's Embarrasing!

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Third Time's the Charm

For all those people who’ve suffered from a little bit of X Factor withdrawal,here we go again,(without Bedingfield unfortunately).


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This time its Britney Spears who is not happy, she has been accused of diva behavior towards X Factor judge Demi and co-host Khloe.

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Dominic's Blog - Week 4

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Dominic's Blog - Week 2

Mr Nasty has traded in his sparring partner from last season, producer L. A. Reid for a younger model, 18 year old Demi Lovato.